Pictured, left to right: Railway Association of Canada Board Chair Janet Drysdale (CN Photograph); HNTB’s Jeff Watson (HNTB Photograph); and HNTB’s Dominic Spaethling (HNTB Photograph).

People News: RAC, HNTB/WTS

Railway Association of Canada (RAC) appoints Janet Drysdale of CN as Board Chair, succeeding Jeffrey J. Ellis of Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC). Also, HNTB’s Jeff Watson earns the WTS Man of the Year Award, and WTS Utah names HNTB the Employer of the Year.

Contactless fare payment is slated for rollout at MBTA this summer on subways, buses and any above-ground Green Line trains, according to Boston’s WBZ-TV, a CBS affiliate. (MBTA Photograph)

Transit Briefs: CTA, LACMTA, MBTA

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) unveils under-the-track development plans as part of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project. Also, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) logs its 17th consecutive month of year-over-year ridership growth in April; and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority anticipates rolling out its contactless fare payment system this summer.

People News: IntelliTrans, GATX, Port NOLA, STV

IntelliTrans hires Jim Bell as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Also, GATX Corporation (GATX) announces a transition plan for Vice President – Government and Industry Affairs at Rail North America; the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) appoints Ronald Wendel Jr. as Acting President and CEO of Port NOLA and Acting CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB); and STV promotes Philip Hanegraaf to Senior Vice President and Patricia Macchi to Vice President.

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LRW Welcomes Scholarship Applicants

The League of Railway Women (LRW) is now accepting applications for three scholarships—the Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship, the Future of Railroading Scholarship, and the new Sue Black Memorial Scholarship—for the 2024-25 school year.

Third Coast is undertaking a rail expansion project within its Pearland, Tex., chemical plant, adding 40 railcar spots to accommodate increased demand for inbound and outbound rail movements. (Third Coast Photograph)

Industrial Development Briefs: Third Coast, UIPA

BNSF-served Third Coast, a chemical contract manufacturer, is expanding its Pearland, Tex., operations to better serve the U.S. Gulf Coast chemical industry. Also, Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA) adopts the West Weber Project Area for industrial development near Union Pacific (UP).

Caltrain on May 11 held the third public tour of its new EMUs, which are scheduled to begin revenue service this September. (Caltrain Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Caltrain, CTA, Colorado

California’s Caltrain welcomes thousands to the third public tour of its new Stadler-built KISS bilevel EMUs (electric multiple-units). Also, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) marks the highest ridership week of 2024; and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs multiple transit-related bills into law, including one to advance Front Range Passenger Rail.

People News: WTS, NS

WSP National Transit and Rail Market Leader Jannet Walker-Ford is the first recipient of a new WTS International award named in her honor. Also, Norfolk Southern’s (NS) Richard Scott is selected for the 2024 Employee Veteran Leadership Awards presented by Military Friendly.